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NSW Syllabuses

Geography K–10 - Life Skills Water in the World – Life Skills


A student:

  • GELS-1

    recognises features and characteristics of places and environments

  • GELS-2

    demonstrates an understanding that places and environments change

  • GELS-3

    explores interactions and connections between people, places and environments

  • GELS-5

    explores management of places and environments

  • GELS-7

    collects and uses geographical information for inquiry

  • GELS-8

    communicates geographical information

Related Stage 4/5 outcomes: GE4-1, GE4-2, GE4-3, GE4-5, GE4-7, GE4-8, GE5-1, GE5-2, GE5-3, GE5-5, GE5-7, GE5-8

  • Key inquiry questions

  • Where is water found?
  • How do people use water?
  • What affects people’s access to and use of water?
  • How and why does water need to be preserved?
  • Content focus

  • Students examine water as an environmental resource and the processes of the water cycle. They explore the importance of water for sustaining life and the extent to which fresh water is available and accessible. Students investigate sources of water for human use and the different ways people use water. They explore factors that affect access to fresh water and examine strategies used to preserve water. Students appreciate the value of water to different people across the world.
  • Geographical concepts, skills and tools

  • Content including knowledge, understanding, concepts, skills and tools should be integrated to provide meaningful learning experiences for students. Refer to the Overview of teaching and learning.
  • Content

  • Water availability
  • Students:
  • investigate sources of water in the world eg the local environment, Australia and other countries MST ICT
  • examine the water cycle VR
  • explore how water is a renewable resource SE
  • compare the availability of water as a resource in different places eg the local environment, Australia and/or other countries GS LN
  • Water for human use
  • Students:
  • investigate the importance of water in sustaining life eg watering a plant, drinking water for animals SEPSC
  • explore different ways in which water is used eg at home, for recreation, for transport, in factories, businesses or in farming GSVR ICTLWE
  • investigate sources of fresh water for human use eg fresh water comes from the tap, well or dam
  • Factors affecting water accessibility
  • Students:
  • explore how people’s activities and actions affect access to fresh water eg water storage, water recycling, water contamination through pollution, sewage, detergents F CCTPSCDD
  • explore how natural hazards affect access to fresh water eg drought, flood VR CCT
  • recognise that access to fresh water is limited CCTICT
  • Water management
  • Students:
  • examine reasons why water needs to be preserved SE
  • investigate strategies to manage water in familiar environments eg turn off taps while brushing teeth, install water-saving shower head, build dams on property SEPSC
  • investigate strategies that groups or governments use to manage water eg community groups participate in clearing litter from local waterways, businesses recycle grey water during production of goods, local councils require the installation of rainwater tanks for new buildings, state governments introduce water restrictions during periods of drought F SEEUCC
  • Water as a valuable resource
  • Students:
  • explore the cultural value of water to different cultures across the world VR AIUDD
  • investigate the economic value of water eg cost of using water within the home, the effect of drought on a farmer GS NWE
  • explore the spiritual value of water eg water in Dreaming stories, water in Chinese gardens VR AHCAIU